Akalesh Kumar Verma

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The anticancer activity of the extract of blister beetle, Mylabris cichorii has been documented earlier by us. In the present study, the active principle of M. cichorii was isolated and its anticancer efficacy was evaluated against murine Ehrlich ascites carcinoma (EAC). The isolated bioactive compound was characterized to be cantharidin which showed potent(More)
Cantharidin, a type of terpenoid, is the blistering agent of blister beetles frequently used in traditional medicine. The isolation and anticancer activity of cantharidin from blister beetles, Mylabris cichorii has been recently reported by us. This study deals with changes in mitochondrial structure and function and understanding their significance in the(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE The blister beetles Epicauta hirticornis and Mylabris cichorii are used as a folk medicine by the Karbi tribe in Karbi Anglong district of Assam, India for the treatment of different human ailments, including cancer cases. AIM OF THE STUDY It includes field survey related to zoo-therapeutic aspects of two blister beetles in(More)
Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) is an important catalytic enzyme in helminth parasites that catalyses a reverse reaction forming oxaloacetate from phosphoenolpyruvate. Because of its functional significance, present work was undertaken to construct and validate the 3D structure of PEPCK in Schistosoma mansoni. The 3D model protein was generated(More)
The present work describes the anticancer activity of cantharidin isolated from red-headed blister beetles, Epicauta hirticornis and its possible mode of action involving induction of apoptosis, oxidative stress and decrease in glutathione against murine ascites Dalton's lymphoma. The structure of isolated compound was confirmed as cantharidin by X-ray(More)
BACKGROUND Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is a common cancer in the north east of India. The present study concerned the prevalence of human papilloma virus (HPV) in the ESCC in north eastern India and its impact on response to chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS p16 expression, a surrogate marker for HPV infection was assessed in 101(More)
Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK), a carboxylase enzyme is present in all living organisms. It catalyzes metal-nucleotide coupled reversible decarboxylation and phosphorylation between phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) and oxaloacetate (OAA) depending on the system and the availability of the intermediates. In fungi, plants and in most bacteria, production(More)
Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) is present in parasites as well as in their mammalian hosts it serves different functions. In the host PEPCK catalyses the reaction from oxaloacetate to make phosphoenol pyruvate and carbon dioxide, part of the gluconeogenesis pathway. Parasite PEPCK catalyses the reverse reaction to form oxaloacetate, the precursor(More)
Chlorambucil is an anticancer drug with alkylating and immunosuppressive activities. Considering various reports on the possible antioxidant/protective functions of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), it was aimed at to explore the modulatory effect of ascorbic acid on therapeutic efficacy and toxicity induced by chlorambucil. Dalton's ascites lymphoma tumor(More)
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